A red card, a howler, hooliganism, poor arithmetic and a Twitter beef.
Just another typical night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Sporting Kansas City did indeed defeat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday, but the match was not devoid of chaotic controversy.
A chippy affair led to some rash comments from RSL’s official Twitter account in the first half. The tweet immediately prompted a response from SKC’s official Twitter account. What ensued was a petulant, back-and-forth display reminiscent of high school drama.
Even MLS’ official Twitter account had to step in.
The action continued in the second half.
An absolute howler from goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen opened the affair and gave RSL a 1-0 lead. A second yellow for Chris Wingert—and a harsh one at that—gave Sporting a man advantage in the 66th minute. The team would capitalize a minute later with a half bicycle from forward Soony Saad.
Then, the real fun began.
Referee Matthew Foerster—an inexperienced 31-year-old referee—called for five minutes of stoppage time.
The match should’ve ended with Aaron Maund’s clearance in the sixth minute of stoppage time. But Foerster allowed the two to play on...and on...and on...and on.
A full 75 seconds later, Ike Opara struck the game-winning header.
Fans at Rio Tinto Stadium responded by striking the pitch with trash.
Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a battle between conference leaders ended as a regrettable night for MLS.
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